GA / DOMINICA

23-Sep-2017 00:02:41
The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, which was hit by category-five Hurricane Maria on Thursday, told the General Assembly’s General debate that “to deny climate change is to procrastinate while the earth sinks; it is to deny a truth we have just lived.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DOMINICA
TRT: 02:41
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

23 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom out, Roosevelt Skerrit walks up to the General Assembly podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister, Commonwealth of Dominica:
“To deny climate change is to procrastinate while the earth sinks; it is to deny a truth we have just lived. It is to mock thousands of my compatriots who in a few hours without a roof over their heads will watch the night descend on Dominica in fear of sudden mud slides and what the next hurricane may bring.”
4. Wide shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister, Commonwealth of Dominica:
“We need action and we need it now Mr. President. We in the Caribbean do not produce greenhouse gases or sulphate aerosols. We do not pollute or overfish our oceans. We have made no contribution to global warming that can move the needle. But yet, we are among the main victims on the frontline.”
6. Wide shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister, Commonwealth of Dominica:
“Our homes are flattened. Our buildings roofless! Our water pipes smashed and road infrastructure destroyed. Our hospital is without power and schools have disappeared beneath the rubble. Our crops are uprooted. Where there was green there is now only dust and dirt. The desolation is beyond imagination. Mr. President, fellow leaders, the stars have fallen. Eden is broken.”
8. Wide shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister, Commonwealth of Dominica:
“Let these extraordinary events, elicit extraordinary efforts, to rebuild nations sustainably. Let these extraordinary events unleash the innovation and creativity of global citizens to spark a new paradigm of green economic development that stabilizes and reverses the consequences of human-induced global warming. Let it spark a thousand points of light, not shame. Let us take serious action against the realities of climate change.”
10. Wide shot, Skerrit walks away
STORYLINE
The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, which was hit by category-five Hurricane Maria on Thursday, told the General Assembly’s General debate today (23 Sep) that “to deny climate change is to procrastinate while the earth sinks; it is to deny a truth we have just lived.”

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said “we need action and we need it now.”

Skerrit said “we in the Caribbean do not produce greenhouse gases or sulphate aerosols. We do not pollute or overfish our oceans. We have made no contribution to global warming that can move the needle. But yet, we are among the main victims on the frontline.”

The Prime Minister lamented “our homes are flattened. Our buildings roofless. Our water pipes smashed and road infrastructure destroyed. Our hospital is without power and schools have disappeared beneath the rubble. Our crops are uprooted. Where there was green there is now only dust and dirt. The desolation is beyond imagination.”

He said “the stars have fallen. Eden is broken.”

Skerrit said “let these extraordinary events, elicit extraordinary efforts, to rebuild nations sustainably. Let these extraordinary events unleash the innovation and creativity of global citizens to spark a new paradigm of green economic development that stabilizes and reverses the consequences of human-induced global warming. Let it spark a thousand points of light, not shame. Let us take serious action against the realities of climate change.”
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